It is shown that a two-level atom in a coherently driven optical cavity exhibits optical phase bistability in the case with strong Rabi frequencies and cavity mode damping that is fast compared with atomic damping by spontaneous emission into noncavity modes.
© 1991 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 6, 1990
Revised Manuscript: April 29, 1991
Published: November 1, 1991
S. Ya. Kilin and T. B. Krinitskaya, "Single-atom phase bistability in a fundamental model of quantum optics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 2289-2295 (1991)